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Aid May Be Available to Repair or Replace a Vehicle Damaged by April Floods

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:13

AUSTIN, Texas – Texans whose vehicles were damaged or destroyed by this April’s flooding may be eligible to receive federal assistance to repair or replace the vehicle.

“Those who may be eligible include not just residents of the designated counties, but also those who were working in or visiting those areas between April 17 and April 24 and had disaster-related damage to their vehicle,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas.

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Next Meeting of the FEMA National Advisory Council

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:05

WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be holding the next FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC) public meeting in San Antonio, Texas from May 10 - 12, 2016.

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FEMA to Evaluate Readiness of Delaware

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:57

PHILADELPHIA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate a biennial emergency preparedness exercise for the Salem/Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station, Emergency Planning Zone portion in Delaware. The station is located in the State of New Jersey. The exercise will occur during the week of May 16th to test the ability of the State of Delaware to respond to an emergency at the nuclear facility.

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Disaster Recovery Progress at Pine Ridge

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:15

PINE RIDGE, S.D. – Recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of severe storms and flooding that struck the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last spring.  In the nine months since President Obama’s disaster declaration, hundreds of households have received assistance funds and FEMA and the Oglala Sioux Tribe (OST) have engaged in the largest housing effort in the tribe’s history.  To support this effort, FEMA has established offices on the reservation, as well as in Hot Springs and Ellsworth Air Force Base.

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Help Remains for Louisiana Disaster Survivors after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Calcasieu Parish.

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:17

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Calcasieu (Vinton) Parish Disaster Recovery Center will close on May 12 at 6 p.m.

The center is located at the following address:

American Legion Post #208
5461 Joe Courville Road
Vinton, La.

Louisiana disaster survivors in Calcasieu may still visit other centers to meet with recovery officials. For other locations go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or call 800-621-3362.

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Livingston and Calcasieu Parish Disaster Survivors Can Get Rebuilding Tips at Local Home Improvement Centers

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 16:13

Baton Rouge, La. — Disaster survivors from Livingston and Calcasieu parishes who are rebuilding after the March 8 – April 8 severe storms and floods can receive free consultations with hazard mitigation advisors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The mitigation representatives will be available at The Home Depot in Denham Springs (Livingston Parish) and Lake Charles (Calcasieu Parish) from Monday, May 9 until Saturday, May 14.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 13:00

AUSTIN, Texas – Not every Texas resident who registered for federal disaster assistance following the March tornadoes and flooding will qualify for aid. However, an appeal process can ensure those affected by the storms will receive all aid for which they are legally eligible.

Thirteen counties are designated for assistance for the March 7-29 storms: Erath, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hood, Jasper, Limestone, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Shelby and Tyler.

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Federal Disaster Assistance Includes Right of Appeal

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 12:25

AUSTIN, Texas – Not every Texas resident who registered for federal disaster assistance following the April tornadoes and flooding will qualify for aid. However, an appeal process can ensure those affected by the storms will receive all aid for which they are legally eligible.

Eight counties are designated for assistance for the April 17-24 storms: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton.

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A Letter From FEMA May Require Follow-Up

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:21

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas storm survivors who receive a letter from FEMA that they are ineligible for disaster assistance should not give up—but should follow up instead. The issue may be as simple as a misprinted number or an unsigned document.

After registering with FEMA, applicants can expect a notice by mail about whether they qualify for federal disaster assistance. Read the letter carefully.

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A Letter From FEMA May Require Follow-Up

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:50

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas storm survivors who receive a letter from FEMA that they are ineligible for disaster assistance should not give up—but should follow up instead. The issue may be as simple as a misprinted number or an unsigned document.

After registering with FEMA, applicants can expect a notice by mail about whether they qualify for federal disaster assistance. Read the letter carefully.

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President Declares Disaster for Arkansas

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:37

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Arkansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of March 8-13, 2016.

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Federal Officials Visit Texas Communities with Resources for Recovery

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:54

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in each of the state’s disaster-affected counties can expect to see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

FEMA officials are in the counties to meet with residents who suffered damage from severe storms and flooding April 17-24.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on applications, assist with determining ongoing needs and make referrals to whole community partners.

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National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2016

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:38

WASHINGTON – This week, federal departments and agencies from across the government began the National Exercise Program Capstone Exercise 2016. This event is a biennial, national-level exercise to test the federal government’s ability to protect the American public by preparing for, preventing, mitigating against, and responding to catastrophic incidents.

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Federal Officials Visit Texas Communities with Resources for Recovery

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:48

AUSTIN, Texas – Residents in each of the state’s disaster-affected counties can expect to see FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams in their communities, offering a personal link to the resources for recovery.

FEMA officials are in the counties to meet with residents who suffered damage from severe storms and flooding April 17-24.

Using the latest mobile technology, DSA team members help survivors register for disaster assistance, update information on applications, assist with determining ongoing needs and make referrals to whole community partners.

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Louisiana Disaster Survivors Have More Time to Register for Recovery Help

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:57

Baton Rouge, La. – Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have an extra 30 days – until June 13th – to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance.

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) requested the extension to provide more time for Louisiana residents with disaster damage that occurred March 8 through April 8, to apply for assistance.

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Hood County

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:57

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit The Home Depot in Hood County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:          

The Home Depot, 415 E. Hwy 377, Granbury, TX 76408

Hours:           

7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 5-6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

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FEMA Offers Advice for Texans on Lessening Storm Damage in Harrison County

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:45

AUSTIN, Texas – A team of specialists from FEMA will visit Lowe’s Home Improvement in Harrison County to offer tips and techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damage.

Specialists will be available at the following location:

Where:          

Lowe’s Home Improvement, 910 E End Blvd N, Marshall, TX 75670

Hours:

7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday May 5-6;

8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 7-8; and

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All Louisiana Disaster Recovery Centers to Transition to Shorter Saturday Schedule

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:47

BATON ROUGE, La – Beginning May 7, all disaster recovery centers in Louisiana will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays for Louisiana disaster survivors.

Hours of operation at all centers remain 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only the Monroe (Ouachita Parish) and Oak Grove (West Carroll Parish) centers will remain open noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays until further notice.

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Only Two Weeks Left to Register for March Storms Disaster Assistance

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:47

AUSTIN, Texas — Texans who suffered damage or losses from the March 7-29 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding only have until Wednesday, May 18, to register for FEMA assistance.

“We do not want to see anyone lose the opportunity to receive money that they are due,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Kevin Hannes, who is in charge of FEMA’s operations in Texas. “But as we deal with multiple disasters here in Texas, FEMA must ask survivors to meet this deadline so that we can start the next steps in the recovery process.”

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Texans Urged to Apply for Low-Interest Disaster Loans to Aid Recovery

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:36

AUSTIN, Texas – Federal officials are urging applicants for federal assistance from the April 17-24 floods to complete a disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of their recovery process.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SBA said residents of eight counties – Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Grimes, Harris, Parker, Waller and Wharton – who sustained damage or losses from the storms and flooding should complete the loan application even if they don’t want a loan.

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